Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham Going Dutch (5)

Fulham Going Dutch (5)

As we continue our countdown to Euro 2008 with a look at Group C, we only have the Romanian team left to cover.

With 'Group C' affectionately tagged the 'Group of Death' the experts are predicting that it'll be any two from Italy, France and our team Holland to go through.

That policy may well favour the Romanian team though, to disregard their chances of progressing could play well into their hands and the underdog could well prove that its bite is far worse than its bark.

The Arsenal star, Robin van Persie, has come forward and warned his compatriots about the danger the dark horses present, remarking,

'Everyone talks about a fantastic group with the best teams like France and Italy, but Romania have a strong side, trust me.'

'We got one point against them in qualifying so we know what they are capable of. They are like a machine.'


So just what should we make of the Romanian team, just how did they qualify and who are there most feared players?

So just what should we make of the Romanian team, just how did they qualify and who are there most feared players?

Stuck in the same qualifying group as the Dutch side, Romania, as you've already read, took four points out of a possible six against Holland. Elsewhere they came up against Albania, Bulgaria and Luxembourg in the remainder of their qualifying fixtures in the back end of last year beating Albania emphatically 6-1, Luxembourg 2-0 but going down to a narrow 1-0 victory in Bulgaria. Since qualification was assured, they've entertained Montenegro, winning handsomely 4-0 and also Russia when they registered an eye-catching 3-0 win.

In fact their coach, Victor Piturca, can be very pleased with the way his side progressed and sit ready to spring a major surprise this summer.

Looking at their squad one name stands out - that of Adrian Mutu. Once on the playing staff of Chelsea, Mutu was exposed as a cocaine user and ruthlessly dealt with by his employer. After serving a ban, Mutu resurfaced in Italy and has restructured his career with Fiorentina in Serie A. His goals for Fiorentina have served to emphasise exactly why, before his drugs episode, he was once so revered as a striker.

Elsewhere, the side are captained by Christian Chivu, a respected defender who has played in Italy for the last five years, first with Roma and now with Inter Milan. He can play either at left back or in the centre of the defence and needs to be watched if Romania are awarded free kicks in dangerous places as his left foot can be deadly.

The Romanians start their Euro 2008 campaign with a fixture against France, in Zurich on Monday 9th June before then meeting Italy, again in Zurich on Friday 13th June. Their group campaign finishes against Holland, in Berne, on Tuesday 17th June.

That final fixture could either turn out to be a decider or a meaningless fixture between the sides destined to finish third and fourth, let's for the sake of the Dutch, hope its the former.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday June 6 2008
Time: 4:02PM

Comments

0
Other than the Dutch games I will just be looking on Sky for the goals.
codbater
07/06/2008 14:40:00
0
can't really get into it at the moment!
Fulham Badger
07/06/2008 20:06:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Woodrow in Fine Form for England U21's

The England U21 squad are currently playing in a tournament in Toulon, France.

Fulham After Blackburn Skipper

With the transfer embargo lifted, Fulham are looking to improve their squad for next season.

Fulham - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will Fulham Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Bolton (h)?
Suggested By: putney
Bettinelli6%
Fredericks1%
Hutchinson2%
Burn12%
Ream1%
Cairney48%
Parker5%
Tunnicliffe5%
Christensen1%
McCormack9%
Smith1%
Stearman1%
Hyndman5%
Garbutt3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.bbei6376